On 13 May 2022, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University with a public event entitled “Rural Sociology: past, present and future”. The event took place in Akoesticum in Ede and was attended by approximately 130 people: current and former staff members, current and former MSc and PhD students, and current and former collaborators in (inter)national research projects. In addition to this event we wrote and edited a book entitled ‘On Meaningful Diversity: Past, present and future of Wageningen rural sociology’ and a group of (former) PhD students put together a PhD magazine. Both are open access publications.
All sessions at the 75th anniversary event were filmed. Below the compilation video (16 minutes) a list of all the video recordings.
- Opening by Arthur Mol (Rector Magnificus of Wageningen University)
- Keynote by Han Wiskerke: Meaningful diversity: Past, present and future of rural sociology
- Keynote by Haroon Akram-Lodhi: From peasant studies to critical agrarian studies
- Rural Talk Show: Interactive session including invited guests and audience participation. The Talk Show was chaired by Matt Reed, with Jan Douwe van der Ploeg as a permanent table guest, and changing table guests around the following three themes:
- Closure morning session by stand-up musician Bart Kiers
- Keynote by Hannah Wittman: Bridging rural and urban through agroecological networks: cultivating agrarian citizenship in a climate crisis
- Presentation of Research Agendas: Imagining the next 25 years of rural sociology. Interactive session around three research agendas, briefly pitched by RSO staff, followed by an open floor exchange of ideas and discussion:
- Closure afternoon session by stand-up musician Bart Kiers
See 75th Anniversary for all the blogs posted.